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Evaluation of the Timber Business Investment Scheme -Interviews with key stakeholders

The Welsh Government has commissioned Wavehill, a social and economic research consultancy, to undertake a final evaluation of the Timber Business Investment Scheme (TBIS). The aim of this evaluation is to complete an independent assessment of the scheme’s implementation and impact, to identify lessons learnt and provide an evidence base for future similar schemes.

As part of this evaluation, Wavehill will be gathering information through interviews with management and delivery staff and other key stakeholders to gain an understanding of your opinions and experience of the Timber Business Investment Scheme.

The Welsh Government is the data controller for the research. However, Wavehill will delete any personal data provided through the survey and anonymise the raw data, before it is shared with the Welsh Government.

The information collected during the project will be included in a report published on the Welsh Government website and possibly in other publications by Wavehill and Welsh Government.

Your participation in this research is completely voluntary. However, your views and experiences are important in order to help inform Welsh Government policies.

The contact for this research at Wavehill is: Ioan Teifi

E-mail address:

Telephone number: 02921 202 826


What personal data do we hold and where do we get this information?

Personal data is defined under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier’.

Welsh Government has provided your contact details (name, job role, email address and telephone number) to Wavehill for the purpose of conducting interviews as part of the final evaluation of the Timber Business Investment Scheme. Welsh Government holds your contact details due to your involvement with the scheme and the wider WG-EU Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Wavehill will only use your email address and telephone number for purposes of contacting you to take part in an interview.

This research does not require the collection of additional personal data from you except for your image if you agree to an interview being recorded. We wish to record interviews for operational reasons. We will make this clear to you before the interview begins, and you will have the opportunity to tell us if you are not happy for the discussion to be recorded. If interviews are recorded, personal data will be removed during the process of transcribing. Recordings will be deleted as soon as this process is completed. If discussions are not recorded, personal data will not be included in written notes prepared during or following an interview.

Your participation is voluntary and if you do not wish to take part at any stage or be sent reminders then please reply to the invitation email and your details will be removed.

If you raise a query or complaint and provide personal data requesting a response, the researcher will forward the request only to the relevant official and subsequently delete it from the research data.

What is the lawful basis for using your data?

The lawful basis for processing information in this data collection exercise is our public task; that is, exercising our official authority to undertake the core role and functions of the Welsh Government.

Participation is completely voluntary. Research studies such as this are important for the Welsh Government to collect information and actionable evidence about its ability to deliver government priorities. The information collected in this research, for example, might be used:

  • In an evaluation report assessing the implementation and impacts of the Timber Business Investment Scheme in Wales and published on the Welsh Government website

  • To inform future delivery of services or programmes relating to the timber/forestry industry

How secure is your personal data?

Personal information provided to Wavehill is always stored on a secure server. The data can only be accessed by a limited number of researchers working on this project. Wavehill will only use this data for research purposes. Wavehill has cyber essentials certification.

Wavehill has procedures to deal with any suspected data security breaches. If a suspected breach occurs, Wavehill will report this to the Welsh Government who will notify you and any applicable regulator where we are legally required to do so.

Wavehill will use the information gathered to produce a report that will be published on the Welsh Government website. This report will not include any information that could be used to identify individual participants.

How long do we keep your personal data?

Wavehill will hold personal data during the contract period, and any personal data not already removed during transcription will be deleted by Wavehill 3 months after the end of the contract. This includes your contact details. Wavehill will provide Welsh Government with an anonymised version of the data which will not include information that could identify you.

Individual Rights

​Under UK GDPR, you have the following rights in relation to the personal information you provide as part of the evaluation of the Timber Business Investment Scheme, you have the right:

  • ​To access a copy of your own data;

  • For us to rectify inaccuracies in that data;

  • To object to or restrict processing (in certain circumstances);

  • For your data to be ‘erased’ (in certain circumstances); and

  • To lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who is our independent regulator for data protection.

The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office are: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Phone: 01625 545 745 or 0303 123 1113. Website:

Further Information

If you have any further questions about how the data provided as part of this study will be used by the Welsh Government or wish to exercise your rights using the UK GDPR, please contact:

Name: Jessica Steventon

E-mail :

Telephone number: 03000 250480

The Welsh Government’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at:

Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ, Email:


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